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Memorial Song Premier, Emotional Pain and Pleasure

In February of 2007 our elder daughter died from the injuries she received in a car crash. My husband and I donated money to our church in her memory. The funds were used to commission a choral piece, “We Remember Them,” by St. Paul, Minnesota composer Elizabeth Alexander. Alexander often uses poem as lyrics and […]

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Mon, December 24 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Laughing in Church

Perhaps you have heard of him, perhaps you haven’t; Mark Lowry is a Christian comedian. That’s right, I said comedian! I’ve seen him on occasion on those Bill Gaither Homecoming videos, but never enough to get the true depth of this man (and his humor). One other thing, my Mother adores him. As Mother’s day […]

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Wed, October 3 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks

Jesus is the tangible revelation of God’s love. He did not reject anyone who came to Him by faith. Even long before He came as a man, the Prophet Isaiah revealed His loving and merciful nature – “A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench” (Isaiah 42:3; Matthew 12:20). […]

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Thu, August 9 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

The Myth of the Happy Church-Growth Pastor

Once upon a time there was a young man who felt called to become a Pastor. He went to a Christian college where they taught him many wonderful things…how to love people and teach the Bible and win people to Jesus. But when he entered his first church he realized there was a big difference […]

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Tue, May 15 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Desperate Housewives Go To Church With Questions Seeking Answers, Understanding, Faith & Friendship

ABC’s Desperate Housewives 4/18/2008 episode is packed with spiritual content and faith filled heartfelt discussions. Like clockwork on Sunday the faithful emerged from their homes wearing their Sunday best with Bibles in hand as they headed off to their various places of worship. Passing by a certain non-believer who had never taken an interest in […]

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Sun, May 13 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Is the Church a Friend to Survivors of Abuse?

After 6 years, I left an abusive relationship with an X partner (we were NOT married) in October 2004. He had verbally, emotionally, psychologically, and sexually abused me since the birth of my daughter in October 2001. He also had abused my daughter physically, as well as in many of the same ways that he’d […]

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Thu, February 9 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

My Big Break, Part Three – I Didn’t Know Churches Made Deliveries!

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (Amp) Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Continuing to read from the […]

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Sun, January 29 2012 » Self Improvement » No Comments

14 Ways to Enjoy the Holy Spirit’s Presence in Corporate Settings

To have the privilege of enjoying the Holy Spirit’s presence, we must first understand that Jesus left Him on earth to be the leader, the guide, and Comforter to the Church. The more we know about the Holy Spirit; His role in assisting the Church, and His role in our personal lives, the greater we […]

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Thu, December 22 2011 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Christianity and Mental Illness

Can you be mentally ill and be a devoted Christian? I laugh as I ask the question because there is a school of thought, which believes Christians don’t have mental problems. How can a Christian be Bi-Polar or suffer from chronic depression? After all Jesus is a healer and if you are a Christian, you […]

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Wed, October 5 2011 » Self Improvement » No Comments

Why Did I Quit Believing in Christianity?

I was about 18 years old when I finally called it quits as I watched a band of militant Muslims praising someone named Allah. I had no idea who Allah was and why these people hated Americans so much at the time. I kept focusing on the hatred and the more that I focused on […]

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Tue, September 6 2011 » Self Improvement » No Comments